Study finds 9 in 10 Indians think wives should always obey husbands

In a study conducted by a group of experts in the pew research center, it is found that 9 in 10 Indian men want their wives to obey them and stand only for their favors. The study conducted was published in a journal, and titled  ‘How Indians View Gender Roles in Families and Society. The study report was released on March 2, 2022. 

Although women’s power has been raised and praised by the world, the new survey by Pew Research Center showed the mentality of men and the hustled patriarchy which still exists in the world. The survey shows that nine in ten men believe that their wives should always go in line with the old patriarchy notion and should follow their likes and dislikes. 

The group surveyed 29,999 Indian adults in person between November 2019 and March 2020 across all states and union territories, except Manipur, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Additionally, fieldwork was not conducted in Kashmir “due to security concerns”.

However, there is a slight change when it comes to society. In society, most men think that they could get an equal level opposite gender whether it is in a political, economical, or financial aspect. But things are different at their home. In a domestic way, these things will not be coinciding with the mentioned aspects. 

As per the survey, those living in the southern states were more likely to have traditional attitudes towards familial responsibilities as compared to the Hindi belt – defined as 11 states and UTs including Jharkhand, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Chhattisgarh.

As per the survey, 62% of Indians say that both men and women should be responsible for child care, taking away the traditional norms. Meanwhile, 34% were convinced that child care “should be handled primarily by women”.

When the state-vise survey has been taken, it showed great results. The southern states have egalitarian views on this matter. Kerala and Telangana stood out as having less conservative views on gender than their neighbors with 19 percent of respondents in Kerala and 16 percent in Telangana saying men should make financial decisions for a family as compared to 39 percent in Karnataka. 

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Moreover, the survey found that most of the Indians have a notion of having atleast one son in their family, though they prefer to have both sons and daughters in their family. About 64% of Indians also said that sons and daughters should have equal rights to inheritance from parents. But while four-in-ten adults said that sons should have the primary responsibility to care for aging parents, only 2% said the same about daughters.